Teenage Dating Violence - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

02/06/06 - East Texas

Teenage Dating Violence

by Jessica Cervantez

One in five high school students across the country has reported being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Joann Black, of the Women's Shelter of East Texas, said, "This is something we see here in East Texas. We have 16 and 17-year-olds who come to the safe house."

Counselors say females between the ages of 16 and 24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group. And friends are usually the ones they will turn to if there's a potentially bad situation.

Black said, "They won't talk to parents, or counselors, or adults."

Teenagers and parents need to be aware of warning signs, because if you are in an abusive relationship at a young age, chances are the pattern will continue when you're older.

Black said, "You'll see extreme jealousy of friends and family. They will be controlling."

If you or you know someone who is an abusive relationship, you are asked to call the Women's Shelter of East Texas. You can call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-828-7233.
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